I was in the Rheinland about this time last year. It was something you have to see, at least once in your lifetime
A very old custom is “Weiberfastnacht” or „Altweiberfasching“ It is a holiday in the Karneval season, celebrated mostly in the Rheinland area on the Thursday before Ash Wednesday the end of February.
It was originally a day for women, but now also celebrated by both sexes as the beginning of the six-day peak of the carnival season. Remnants of the original purpose are that women are allowed to cut off men’s ties and then kiss them on the cheek.
All the men are advised not to wear a tie at work or on the street